Public Health

People Still Dying from Contaminated Steroids

Two more deaths logged, bringing the total to 50


Six months after nearly 17,000 contaminated steroids were manufactured and distributed throughout the U.S. by the New England Compounding Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said two more people have died from fungal meningitis and secondary infections, the Boston Herald reported.

The most recent deaths bring the total number of pharmacy-related fatalities to 50.

One death occurred in Ohio, the first death in that state tied to the Massachusetts pharmacy scandal.  The second death occurred in Michigan, where 14 people have reportedly died after receiving contaminated painkillers from NECC.